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MIDDLE EAST - Freshwater Shortage

MIDDLE EAST - Freshwater Shortage

"Arid Middle East faces political battles over water shortfalls (Part 1)" PBS NewsHour 12/31/2018

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SUMMARY:  The Middle East is facing a water crisis, and the divisions between Israel and Palestinians have only exacerbated the problem.  But whereas Israel is a pioneer in desalination and produces much of its own water, in Gaza, Palestinians struggle with access to clean water due to an Israel-imposed blockade.  Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro has a two-part look at water equity in the Middle East.




"Water crisis may make Gaza Strip uninhabitable by 2020 (Part 2)" PBS NewsHour 1/1/2019

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SUMMARY:  In the Gaza Strip, 97 percent of freshwater is unsuitable for human consumption, and raw sewage pours into the Mediterranean Sea.  Facilities for desalinating and treating water function on only a limited basis, as Israel controls the flow of fuel and supplies into the region.  But Israelis, too, could face consequences from contaminated water.  Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports.



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